A country once feared for its lethal football is extinct, many thought. Such condemnable beliefs were turned to disbeliefs as Antonio Conte unleashed the Italian potential out by grasping hold of maximum points from a 2-0 opening victory against the dark horses Belgium. Yet the impending Chelsea manager isn’t convinced with the start and believes his side to step up further in the upcoming stages.
WE FEEL A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY – ANTONIO CONTE
“I think I’ve got a very intelligent group of players at my disposal,” he said.
“All of whom are aware we’ve achieved something significant, because we’ve put ourselves in a good position to go through the group stage.”
Antonio Conte wishes his side to confine within their commanding form to prove a point, ever since this Italian team was considered to be the below-par performers among the many.
“They know we have to work and give 100 percent. Because if we’re simply content to produce the ordinary, that’s not good enough. We have to do something extraordinary to make people proud of us.”
“We feel a great sense of responsibility,” Conte said.
Little was expected of Antonio Conte’s men and that has evidently eased off their pressure.
Jubilant Conte found himself injured in a wild goal celebration against Belgium that led him to nosebleed.
“I was very emotional… being head coach of the national side at a major championship is not an everyday occurrence. I think the players showed how much the national team means to them despite the difficulties we’ve come across.”
Goals from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle seemed defiant to get past the star studded Belgium at Stade de Lyon on Monday. Next up for Italy is a match in Toulouse on Thursday against Sweden, who drew their opener with the Republic of Ireland. More than the Italians, the Chelsea fans are thrilled by Antonio Conte’s tactics against Belgium since the Blues are getting a sheer tactical mind as their coach.